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Regulations on the practice of archery vary widely. The use of a bow and arrow on a target range is virtually unrestricted, but it's best to check your local archery club or law enforcement agency to keep from running afoul of local rules. And no William Tell stunts, please. Even the experts can't shoot an apple off someone's head regularly. In target practice, look around before you shoot and allow 30 to 40 yards clearance on each side and behind the target.
In the field you may need a special hunting license if your state allows bow and arrow hunting—and most do. Bow and arrow seasons differ from those for firearms. Check with your conservation authorities. They can also tell you the best times, places and weather conditions for the game you're after.
Once you've learned to shoot with reasonable accuracy you're ready for the woods. But take it easy. Leave bears, wild boar and other such creatures alone until you can be sure of getting them before they get you. Start with rabbits, woodchucks and deer and don't be disappointed if you don't hit anything the first few times out. It's difficult but practice will help. Before going hunting you can practice by setting up a straw-filled burlap dummy about the size of your prospective game. It will help sharpen your eye, especially if you try whirling and shooting at it from all angles and positions.
Most of your shooting will be from 30 to 50 yards, though at times you'll be much closer. Learn to shoot quickly and judge distance accurately. Practice shooting an arrow and reloading rapidly for a second shot. Your quarry may attack you.